Daniel Waters, class of 2021

Daniel Waters was the Sports and Opinion editor for La Plaza Press. He was one of the original members of the bilingual publication.

At Redlands East Valley High School, Waters played football for three years and took on leadership roles in La Plaza and Wildcats for Change that gave him the platform to make a positive impact on the school’s community.

Waters says, “La Plaza set me free to write about what I love in a self-directed structure. Journalism restored my passion for the written word and revitalized what drew me to it in the first place. My experiences with journalism in high school were so fulfilling that I felt inspired to continue in college.”

Waters is currently a Business Administration major at UC Irvine, and an Opinion writer for New University, UCI’s official newspaper.

He hopes to graduate early from UCI in 2024 and pursue a stable career in business.

His message to current high school students is, “In terms of journalism, my advice is to make your article matter and write about something that is compelling to you. In terms of life, my advice is to keep chasing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Last updated 2022

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